Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
294. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the proposal by the European Council for mandating disclosure of country-by-country reporting by multinational companies to highlight the issue of tax avoidance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50300/19]
The proposal for a Directive to amend Directive 2013/34/EU (the Accounting Directive) as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches (country by country reporting) was made by the European Commission in April 2016.
Ireland supports transparency. However, in relation to this proposal on public country by country reporting of income tax, Ireland supported a joint statement to the Competitiveness Council (on 28 November 2019) which agreed with the Council Legal Service that the legal base for this proposal should be a tax base (Article 115 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), and therefore, should be considered by Ecofin Council. Moreover, we consider that this measure should have the benefit of tax expertise to ensure that it is consistent with existing reporting requirements and, importantly, with the international cooperation and exchange of information arrangements, which are based on confidentiality. Tax experts are best placed to ensure that international efforts to collect income tax from multinational corporations will not be undermined by new measures.